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Former Southern Nash High star Zonovan Knight runs with the ball during a recent practice at N.C. State. Knight, who led the Wolfpack in rushing with 745 yards as a true freshman last season, is part of a deep backfield for N.C. State, which kicks off its season at home Saturday night against Wake Forest.

Former Firebird ready for more: 'Bam' Knight takes field after breakout rookie season at NC State

Since he emerged as rushing threat in the Southern Nash High backfield as a sophomore in 2016, Zonovan Knight has gotten better every year and 2020 figures to fit that trajectory. Knight — …
Army veteran Frank Poyer, right, received a new roof from Ridge Valley Exteriors CEO Derric Stull on Tuesday.

'We stand behind our veterans': Companies pitch in to replace Nash Central science teacher's roof

LOUISBURG — Army veteran Frank Poyer said he didn’t serve 20 years as a chemical engineer for the benefits. He did it because he loved his country and wanted to give back.  But …
State Rep. James Gailliard, D-Nash, is pictured at left beside Republican challenger John Check. The candidates are competing in N.C. House District 25.

State House candidates spar over campaign pledge, 'defunding' police

A challenger for a Nash County legislative seat claims his opponent wants to “defund the police,” an accusation the incumbent calls laughable.  John Check, R-Nash, is running …
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I-95 shooting suspect faces federal charge, maximum 10-year sentence

A South Carolina man accused of shooting motorists during a high-speed chase on Interstate 95 last week has been charged with a federal firearms charge for using a sawed-off shotgun. Franklin …
Richardson

Bloods vs. Crips: Man pleads guilty to shooting at rival gang member's home

ROCKY MOUNT — A validated Crips member has pleaded guilty to a federal firearms charge in a gang war-related shooting. Darius Lamark Richardson, 22, faces 10 years in prison after pleading …
This illustration reveals ultrastructural morphology exhibited by coronaviruses.

Nash County's coronavirus death toll reaches 36

NASHVILLE -— For the fourth week in a row, Nash County saw multiple coronavirus deaths, bringing the overall total to three dozen people who contracted COVID-19 and lost their lives. A man …
Volunteers prepare chicken and barbecue plates to raise money for the Middlesex Volunteer Fire Department during the 55th annual Firemen's Day on Saturday.

Firemen's Day a smokin' success: Middlesex VFD sells 1,800 plates

MIDDLESEX — Despite COVID-19 restrictions, the 55th annual Firemen’s Day went better than the past several years, according to organizers. “It’s been good. Everything went …
Flooded streets in Spring Hope made the evening commute difficult on a Thursday in February.

Floods prompt Nash County to form advisory panel

NASHVILLE — A history of flooding has prompted Nash County to create a new advisory committee to help county officials address ongoing impacts of floods and related environmental …
The city of Rocky Mount's administrative office building is shown.

State treasurer calls for probe into Rocky Mount hotel project

ROCKY MOUNT — A high-ranking state official is calling for a full investigation into a proposed multimillion-dollar public-private downtown hotel project. State Treasurer Dale Folwell issued …
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Rocky Mount wins American Planning Association state awards

Rocky Mount names 3 to leadership posts

Middlesex woman has sunflowers and a sunny disposition

Reflecting on recovery: Coronavirus patient on the mend after 6-week hospital stay

Nash commissioners approve state lobbying wish list

Labors of love can enrich us

Live out the Ten Commandments with Christ-centered love

Read a good book lately? Start with the Bible

Weathercast: Cloudy week brings daily rain chances

Rocky Mount hotel contractor indicted in another state

Rocky Mount had no IT chief during cyberattack

Middlesex VFD holding 55th annual Firemen's Day fundraiser

Rocky Mount teen serves on state panel

State won't seek death penalty in nurse's killing

5 coronavirus deaths bring Nash County's total to 30

Nash deputies: I-95 shooting spree ends in Virginia

1,000 prosecuted under federal partnership; US attorney issues warning to criminals

Providence Bank to open Raleigh branch

Snow days, sick days will be coronavirus casualties

Weathercast: Labor Day weekend brings cooler temps

Spring Hope man faces child pornography charges

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Sheriff's deputies seek missing man

Nash County deputies seize 5 kilos of methamphetamine

It’s time to deal with weighty issues

God’s grace is a miraculous gift we can’t earn

Weathercast: Hot start to September as temps rise this week

Search for Travis Lynch continues — forever, if necessary

'Autopilot' features can help reduce crashes, but they're no substitute for driver attention

Payment plan available for past-due Spring Hope water customers

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WHAT HAPPENED TO TRAVIS LYNCH?

Missing man’s family seeks justice after 'long, hard road'

Jackie Lynch, whose son Travis has been missing and feared dead since 2003, is pictured with grandson Tristan — the spitting image of his uncle Travis when he was a child. The family gathered Friday to talk about Travis and ask the public to help solve his case.
RED OAK — Relatives of a Wilson man missing for more than a decade have endured many sleepless nights. Now they hope the people responsible for his disappearance are having trouble …
Lynch

Family searches for spotlight in missing man's case

The family of a man missing for more than a decade now searches for ways to bring his case back into the spotlight. Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, vanished without a trace from southern Nash County on …
Lynch

New leads bring hope to missing man's mother

WILSON — The mother of a man missing for more than a decade said recent action in the case gives her hope. Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, vanished without a trace from southern Nash County on …
Lynch

Missing man probe stretches out of state

NASHVILLE — The investigation into a Wilson man’s disappearance more than a decade ago has led Nash County detectives out of state. Travis Lamont Lynch, 21, vanished on Christmas Eve …

Retired troopers: Crash likely didn't cause man's disappearance

This photo shows a 1992 Pontiac Grand Prix similar to the one Travis Lynch drove when he disappeared on Christmas Eve 2003. Retired state troopers believe the car would have been found by now if it had been wrecked on the roadside.
A Wilson man who disappeared in southern Nash County more than a decade ago would more than likely have been found if he ran his car off the road as a suspect in the case contends, according to …
WEATHERCAST

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Weathercast: Mild temps provide sneak preview of spring

The Wilson Times area should enjoy mild temperatures and low humidity Tuesday and Wednesday as high pressure to the north pushes light northerly winds our way. High temperatures Tuesday, even with …

COLUMNS

Baker A. Mitchell Jr.

Mangrum wants to slash the education lifeline

In most professions, the more education you receive, the greater your expertise. The reverse appears true in the field of education, where additional years of schooling and advanced degrees increase …

Tom Campbell

North Carolina's education dilemma

North Carolina is facing an education crisis. The dilemma is easily understood, but not so easy to resolve: How to educate students in a pandemic?  We saw what happened when our universities …

H. Sterling Burnett

Clearing the air on the EPA's coronavirus response

The Environmental Protection Agency recently issued a memo waiving certain compliance requirements for energy firms in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. A group of House Democrats falsely claimed the …

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Matt Foster earns East-West All-Star Game selection
Seniors Makayla Everette of Beddingfield, Matt Foster of Southern Nash and Keishon Porter of SouthWest Edgecombe will all have one … Read More
Firebirds’ Watson hopes to be in middle of the action at NC Wesleyan
In his three years as a starting offensive lineman, Southern Nash High’s Luke Watson has helped pave the way for the Firebirds to … Read More
Leaving the lights on: With no sports, Hunt and Southern Nash aim to #BeTheLight
In what now seems like a time long ago, baseball teams from Hunt High and Fike were scheduled to play on Fike’s Gilbert Ferrell … Read More
Southern Nash Roundup: Ladybirds blank Nash Central in final March game
ROCKY MOUNT — With a shutdown of all sports imminent due to the threat of an outbreak of the coronavirus, varsity girls soccer teams … Read More
Ladybirds get 3rd Big East win
FRANKLINTON — Southern Nash continued its best varsity girls basketball season in more than a decade with a come-from-behind 41-33 … Read More
COLUMNS
Cooper faces test on voter ID

RALEIGH — I have repeatedly criticized Roy Cooper’s troubling efforts to amass power in the governor’s office at the expense of other elected state leaders, local governments and …

Respect for nature, God and elders

Trump’s lies endanger lives

Will we protect our right to protest?

ENTERPRISE EDITORIAL
Our Opinion: King's dream should convict, challenge and unite us

Fifty-seven years ago today, Martin Luther King Jr. shared his dream of equality, justice and unity with a quarter million people in the nation’s capital.  Delivered from the Lincoln …

Our Opinion: Political clothing offers no excuse to mistreat guests

Our Opinion: Pandemic makes Pumpkin Festival in 2020 too risky

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